Florida is the most south-eastern state in the United States of America. Known as "The Sunshine State", it became a popular winter destination for the well-to-do from colder climates over a century ago, and has gained ever greater popularity since. Its roots in agriculture are still present, with oranges being a chief export. The state postal abbreviation is FL. The capital of Florida is Tallahassee, located in the "Big Bend" area of the Florida Panhandle.
The total population of Florida as of 2000 is 15,982,378; it is the 4th largest state population in the United States. The total area of the state of Florida is 58,560 square miles.
The beaches are one of the most popular attractions, along with some of the world's best known theme parks.
There are many cities in Florida; these are some of the major ones:
Being a coastal area, frequent precipitation is common. While the rains are often brief, they are common, and plan for rain at least one or two of your days in Florida. Many attractions such as Disney World have multiple attractions available even during downpours.
English is spoken throughout the state.
All of the state's major cities have airports. If you're seeking to go to the main tourist destinations like Orlando and Miami, plenty of flights will be available for reasonable rates, especially if you connect through Atlanta.
If you're looking to drive in, the three main interstate highways are I-95, I-75, and I-10 if you're coming from the Northeast, Midwest, and West/Southwest respectively.
U.S. Highway 1 Scenic Highways
Florida has a high occurrence of hurricanes. You might want to check the Hurricane Safety page if you are visiting Florida. Also, there is a high occurrence of tornados in Florida. So check the Tornado Safety page.
Heading out of Florida to the north is Georgia. Here you will find the historic city of Savannah and the resort beach of Jeckyl Island. In Alabama, Mobile is a historic port city and gulf Shores is a popular resort. A little further out, Mississippi offers casino gaming in Biloxi and Gulfport.